Returning from vacation at his luxury luxury villa in Italy, Governor Phil Murphy is expected to announce new COVID restrictions today.
It’s unclear whether he will announce a new statewide indoor mask mandate, but many suspect that will be the case as the COVID infection increases and hospitalizations have now passed 900.
Murphy is expected to announce a vaccination warrant for all New Jersey teachers. Two other states already require teachers to be fully immunized against COVID. Washington makes an absolute requirement as a condition of employment. California allows an exemption, if teachers undergo regular COVID testing.
Murphy is also expected to announce new travel restrictions for high-profile state employees. Political reports it will ban out-of-state business travel to cabinet members and other state employees. The ban would not extend to leisure travel.
Ironically, Murphy made his own hobbies by traveling on vacations to the estate he owns outside of Rome. Italy is described as “high risk” for travel According to the CDC. Presumably Murphy tested negative for COVID before leaving, as a condition of returning to the United States.
Driven by the Delta variant, COVID continues to land more New Jersey residents in hospital. And they come in sicker and sicker. Of the 911s admitted statewide, 179 are in need of life-saving care. Almost 20% of those admitted are in critical condition or are deteriorating.
State health officials say the majority of new infections are found among the unvaccinated, but there have been a growing number of breakthrough infections among those who have received a full vaccination schedule.
The state has not released data on the ages of those hospitalized or their underlying health.
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